'''Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov''' (;
[[http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/molotov "Molotov"]. ''Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary''.]
; – 8 November 1986) was a Soviet people|Soviet
politician and diplomat, an Old Bolshevik
, and a leading figure in the Government of the Soviet Union|Soviet government
from the 1920s, when he rose to power as a protégé
of Joseph Stalin
. Molotov served as Premier of the Soviet Union|Chairman
of the Council of People's Commissars
(Premier) from 1930 to 1941, and as Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Soviet Union)|Minister of Foreign Affairs
from 1939 to 1949 and from 1953 to 1956. He served as First Deputy Premier of the Soviet Union|First Deputy Premier
from 1942 to 1957, when he was dismissed from the Presidium of the Central Committee by Nikita Khrushchev
. Molotov retired in 1961 after several years of obscurity.
Molotov was the principal Soviet...